Wayne C. Bartholomy

December 31, 1917March 20, 2011

Wayne L. Bartholomy, age 93, died peacefully at home with family on Sunday Mar. 20. Wayne was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Dec. 31 1917. He was brought to Fort Wayne the next year to live with his grandmother, following the death of his mother. At the age of 12, he was sent to an orphanage in New York State. He returned to Fort Wayne after high school and worked at Lincoln Life Ins. Co., where he met the love of his life, Patty. They were married at Cathedral on December 30, 1939. They had 67 years of amazing grace together, seven children, twenty grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Wayne worked at Fort Wayne Filtration Plant, drove a taxi and owned and operated the Burger Bar Restaurant. At age 50 he started a new career at the Better Business Bureau as head of sales and marketing. He was subsequently named President and served until his retirement at the age of 67. Wayne & Patty attended mass daily, traveled extensively, volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Society and served as a Eucharistic minister. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and served Mass at McDougal Chapel. He enjoyed being with Patty, “going to the lake”, playing bridge, golf, poker, bowling and eating Ice Cream. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife Patty, his sister Carroll Mettler, grandaughter Rose and great-grandaughter Ellasyn Marie. He is survived by his sons, Patrick (Anne), Gulfport, MS, David (Suzie), Owensboro, KY, Mark (Rebecca) , Hawi, HI, Tom (Durenda), Charlotte, NC and daughters Ann (Steve) Gillig, Fort Wayne, IN, Jane, Santa Rosa, CA, Paula (Beth), Whitethorn, CA, nineteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00am Thursday, Mar. 24 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 South Clinton St., with calling one hour before mass. Msgr. Robert Schulte officiating. Calling also from 2:00-7:00pm Wednesday at Wayne’s home, 3430 Kirkland Ave., Ft. Wayne. Internment at Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memorials to St. Vincent DePaul Society at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Allen County Right to Life, or Matthew 25, in lieu of flowers. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all Wayne’s caregivers and Southern Care Hospice for their love and support. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home, Wayne St. Chapel.


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Mike Keefer

March 26, 2011

To Jane, Ann, Tom and all your siblings:
We just learned of Wayne's passing and want to express our deepest sympathy. It was a privilege to have known Wayne. He was always very kind to me personally, made me feel welcome in your home, and he and Patty were wonderful neighbors to Jan and me and our children when we lived in Kirkwood Park. We will keep him in our prayers.

Mary Rose & David lee Kimmel

March 24, 2011

With Our Deepest Sympathy to Ann and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Ann, I'll light a candle tomorrow before Mass, at our church.

Kathy Graham

March 23, 2011

Tom and Bartholomy family - I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure that no words can console you at this time, but being together in your time of grief will certainly help. You know that your father is in a better place, and will always be with you in your hearts. May God bless you all in your time of sorrow.

John & Vicki Combs

March 23, 2011

David and Suzi--Our thoughts are with you.

Richard Eppstein

March 22, 2011

I was saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. He was a dignified, creative and thoroughly capable colleague and I called upon him for advice many times as we worked together in the Better Business Bureau system. He was a model of how a BBB president should approach the challenges of running our agencies, and we have thought about him many times since his retirement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and all of the family.


March 22, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Jim Stalls

March 22, 2011

Tom, I did have the honor and privilege to meet you Dad and am very glad I did. We met at several National Conferences, and what was really neat, once he found out I was Catholic we would very subtly let me know what time he was going to Mass that weekend and I was perfectly welcome to go with him.
You, your family and your Dad are in my prayers and thoughts.

Charlie Mattingly

March 22, 2011

Tom, reading your father's obituary reminds me of my own father's life. Your dad was a remarkable man. Like your dad, my father, who passed away at 86, attended Mass daily and served Mass regularly during his retirement years. I feel a kinship with anyone whose dad does these things. We're never ready to lose our parents but your dad and mother will live on in your memory. As I do, I'm sure that you will think about both of them every day.

Marilynn and Bob Bowler

March 22, 2011

Tom ~ I'm so sorry to learn of your father's passing; please accept Bob's and my deepest sympathy. I'm positive, however, that he's dancing with your Mom in Heaven right now which is where I'm sure he wants to be. You and your family are in our prayers ...

March 22, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are will all of you at this time.
Julie (McCaffrey)